Victorian government Public Health

I have looked at at a BBC Factcheck on Covid -19 testing, which is certainly interesting, and seems to put Britain near the top in Europe – for testing. Fine, for Britain, which, as the cradle of Public Health, unsurprisingly it should be. The originator of the industrial revolution really should know all about it……. Read more

Payments need to go ‘bankless’

I’ve seen it suggested that if bank payments are called ‘cashless’, then cash payments should be called ‘bankless’. We need more of this – there is no reason why we have to give banks more power than they have already. The banks, of course do all they can to influence government and with Chancellor Sunak… Read more

Why furlough should be available permanently

Germany has had a partial unemployment or short time working scheme since the 1900s. According to the FT: The tool is Kurzarbeit, or shorter work-time, a policy that has been copied by so many other countries that one economist called it one of Germany’s “most successful exports”. Under the scheme, companies hit by a downturn… Read more

More and more local authorities are ready to go bust

According to the Local Government Chronicle, Manchester City Council is contemplating a section 114 notice (effectively a declaration of bankruptcy) and Leeds and Liverpool city councils, Wiltshire Council, Cumbria CC and Windsor & Maidenhead are all thought to be in a similar position. London boroughs have also warned of ‘catastrophic’ cuts and council tax rises… Read more

Local government has been sold down the river..

In spite of the Conservatives ‘levelling up’ there seems very little desire to reinvigorate local control. Indeed this current government seems positively in fear of local control- as would appear to be indicated by their loose rhetoric to ‘do whatever it takes’ yet all local government finds it difficult to get their rightful allocation of… Read more